AMBER


All facts and figures taken from the GIA

AMBER

Amber is nature’s time capsule. This fossilized tree resin contains remnants of life on earth millions of years ago. Some types of amber are found in the ground. Other types have been freed and carried by tides, ending up on beaches or near-shore areas. The Baltic coast bordering Germany, Poland, and Russia is still an important source of amber. Its warm luster is featured in beads, carvings, pendants, and cabochons.


ORGANIC, NOT MINERAL: Fossilized resin
CHEMISTRY: C10H16O
COLOR: Yellow, orange, and brown
REFRACTIVE INDEX: 1.540
SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 1.08
MOHS HARDNESS: 2.0 to 2.5


While amber isn’t a birthstone, it is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus.

FOUND WHERE

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